A Royal Rumble match that’s erased largely from history due to the heinous acts of the winner, The 2004 Royal Rumble took place in Philadelphia for the first time. The winner – Chris Benoit – set a longevity record in this match.

It did set up a number of feuds for Wrestlemania as well as the main event. Goldberg was eliminated largely by Brock Lesnar, and Randy Orton was eliminated by a returning Mick Foley.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2004

25th January, 2004

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wachovia Center



Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Chris Benoit
Iron Men Chris Benoit (1:01:33)
Least time in Match Spike Dudley (00:00)
Most Eliminations Chris Benoit (6)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 10 (Chris Benoit, Big Show, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, Rob Van Dam, John Cena, Goldberg, Nunzio, Billy Gunn, Charlie Haas)
Number of debutants 11 (Chris Benoit, Randy Orton, Rhyno, Matt Morgan, Spike Dudley, René Duprée, Ernest Miller, Rico, Mick Foley, Nunzio, Goldberg)
Last Rumble Appearances 10 (Tajiri, Scott Steiner, Matt Morgan, Spike Dudley, Rikishi, A-Train, Ernest Miller, Rico, Nunzio, Billy Gunn)
Average Time in match09:19
Number of individuals with at least one elimination43.33%


Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Chris Benoit Smackdown! 1:01:33 1 6 Winner
2 Randy Orton Raw 33:49 12 5 Mick Foley
3 Mark Henry Raw 05:10 28 1 Chris Benoit

Mark Henry was blinded with Tajiri’s mist before his elmination.

4 Tajiri Smackdown! 03:41 29 0 Mark Henry, Rhyno
5 Bradshaw Smackdown! 00:37 30 0 Chris Benoit
6 Rhyno Raw 14:02 23 1 Chris Benoit
7 Matt Hardy Raw 14:19 22 0 René Duprée
8 Scott Steiner Raw 06:54 26 0 Booker T

Scott Steiner was eliminated off camera by Booker T. Time of elimination is taken from when JR mentions it on commentary.

9 Matt Morgan Smackdown! 12:15 20 1 Chris Benoit
10 The Hurricane Raw 00:21 27 0 Matt Morgan
11 Booker T Raw 09:11 18 2 Randy Orton
11 Kane Raw 01:30 24 0 Booker T
12 Spike Dudley Raw 00:00 25 0 Unable to Compete

Spike Dudley’s entrance began with an Undertaker’s gong. Kane got distracted and got eliminated with it. Spike was then beaten up by Kane and was unable to compete.

13 Rikishi Smackdown! 03:49 19 1 Randy Orton
15 René Duprée Raw 00:32 21 1 Rikishi
16 A-Train Smackdown! 01:44 17 0 Chris Benoit
17 Shelton Benjamin Smackdown! 00:38 16 0 Randy Orton
18 Ernest Miller Smackdown! 00:56 15 0 Randy Orton
19 Kurt Angle Smackdown! 29:00 3 1 Big Show
20 Rico Raw 01:04 14 0 Randy Orton
21 Mick Foley Raw 00:43 13 1 Self

Test was originally the 21st entrant but he was found unconscious and replaced by Mick Foley.

22 Christian Raw 07:39 11 0 Chris Jericho
23 Nunzio Smackdown! 03:50 8 0 Goldberg

Nunzio hid outside the ring until John Cena entered.

24 Big Show Smackdown! 22:38 2 4 Chris Benoit

Big Show attacked Kurt Angle before joining the match, so time is taken from then.

25 Chris Jericho Raw 14:53 4 1 Big Show
26 Charlie Haas Smackdown! 06:54 10 0 Goldberg
27 Billy Gunn Smackdown! 05:43 9 0 Goldberg
28 John Cena Smackdown! 07:34 6 0 Big Show

Cena attacked Nunzio before entering the ring, as they were both legal entrants Cena’s entry time is taken from then.

29 Rob Van Dam Raw 06:37 5 0 Big Show
30 Goldberg Raw 02:07 7 3 Kurt Angle

Brock Lesnar came out to attack Goldberg which caused him to be eliminated by Angle.


Entrant Waterfall
Elimination Pie Chart
Time by Number
Eliminations by Number

Entrant Waterfall

Elimination Pie Chart

Time by Number

Eliminations by Number

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